James Cameron gifts his wife five giant solar Sun Flowers to power her sustainable SoCal school

by 05/30/15   filed under: education, green design, green kids

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Lots of men give their wives flowers on their birthday, but those flowers aren’t usually comprised of solar cells. Acclaimed film director James Cameron gifted his wife Suzy Amis Cameron a ‘bouquet’ of five great big photovoltaic Sun Flowers on the grounds of the MUSE School, which she co-founded in southern California. The flowers, which Cameron designed over the course of three years, represent a step forward for the school, which was founded with a mission of sustainability.

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Mother & daughter letter book set gives children a keepsake to cherish

by 05/30/15   filed under: green gifts, kids entertainment

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Mother’s Day may be over for this year, but this Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set would be a welcome gift at any time. Inspired to keep her mother’s memory alive and to start a unique tradition with her own children, Whitney Biggs created the Mother & Daughter Treasured Passages book set as a way to encourage correspondence and communication. The set of 40 cards and envelopes, printed on 100% recycled paper, are to be written and sent to and from mother and daughter. The cards contain conversation starters and prompts and will coax moms and daughters to share interesting and illuminating personal information. We imagine the sending and receiving of these cards to be savored over months and years, starting when our little ones are young and hopefully bridging the awkward and the difficult-to-communicate periods during the teenage years. Once the letters have all been sent, they can be compiled into the included book, where they will undoubtedly become a beloved heirloom.

+ Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set $40.00

 

The Milky Way: an empowering, must-see documentary about breastfeeding

by 05/29/15   filed under: breastfeeding, green maternity, health & body, kids health

The Milky Way Documentary Trailer from Amy Rosner on Vimeo.

Nurses and lactation consultants Jennifer Davidson and Chantal Molnar kept hearing similar, troubling breastfeeding stories from clients: lack of support, confusing and conflicting information even from medical professionals, being urged to try formula at the first hint of breastfeeding challenges, being afraid or embarrassed to nurse in public. It’s no surprise with all this misinformation and these obstacles that America has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the entire world! In an effort to turn the tide, the pair produced The Milky Way, a new documentary featuring Jennifer’s experiences as well as interviews with civilian and celebrity moms (Hey there, Alanis Morissette!), medical experts such as popular pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon, and even an art history professor who examines the way that mothers are depicted in religious art. Designed to empower moms and moms-to-be and encourage them to get the support and knowledge they deserve about breastfeeding, The Milky Way is available for purchase or rent on iTunes and On Demand.

+ The Milky Way Foundation

 

Photographer & mom of 14 makes special needs kids feel like superheroes in inspiring photo series The Superhero Project

by 05/29/15   filed under: art, kid friendly

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Public school kindergarteners play and learn outside ALL DAY every 'Forest Monday' in this Vermont class

by 05/29/15   filed under: eco play, education, green education, kid friendly, kids entertainment, kids health

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It’s a Monday morning, and children from a kindergarten class in central Vermont are out in the woods building with sticks and logs, running around, and speaking several volumes above what is acceptable in the typical library. For these lucky kids, this outdoor adventure isn’t a one-off, special field trip: it’s Forest Monday, the day each week where they take their learning out of the classroom. Their teacher Eliza Minucci had watched a documentary on a forest school and felt her young charges, especially the boys, could benefit from more devoted outdoor time. With the unexpected approval of the principal at her public school, Minucci went ahead with this outdoor educational approach and has continued to do so for the past two years, bringing along a parent volunteer as well as an additional teacher (whose pay is covered with a grant).

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Jaime Oliver's Family Food Tube channel includes vegan recipes and healthy eating tips for families

by 05/28/15   filed under: health & body, healthy recipe, kids health, parenting

Jaime Oliver’s quest to create awareness about healthy foods has taken him all over the world, and now he’s available in your own home. As the dad of four children, it’s no wonder that his latest crusade, Jaime Oliver’s Family Food Tube, focuses on recipes, nutrition tips, and ideas for growing families. With the help of his wife and other family foodies, Jaime’s accompanying website includes helpful visuals on what a healthy plate should look like, interesting takes on appropriate baby weaning foods, and a variety of family-friendly recipes, conveniently divided into topics including one-pan recipes, freezer-friendly favorites, and recipes using basics found in most cupboards. Family Food Tube, which just launched, includes 1-minute tips for keeping cut fruit fresh and teaching kids how to chop safely. The site aims to upload new content twice a week, and we hope much of it is vegan (he’s already got quite a few veg-friendly recipes on his site!)

+ Jaime Oliver’s Family Food Tube

 

HOW TO: Make a bright and cheery flower power salad for summer

by 05/28/15   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Kids can help build Perludi's 100% recyclable FLORAintheSKY loft bed

by 05/28/15   filed under: kids furniture

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After the huge success of Perludi’s innovative AMBERintheSKY loft and bunk bed, the company has launched a sister design called FLORAintheSKY. The design of AMBER and FLORA are similar in that they’re both modern, eco-friendly and kid-inviting, but FLORA features a new twist — colorful ropes tie FLORA’s corners together! Designed by Thomas Maitz, FLORA can be used as a loft bed with an integrated playing area or as a classic bunk bed for siblings or as a place for friends to stay over. Cleverly integrated ladders on both sides of the loft bed means that you can situate FLORA just about anywhere in your child’s bedroom without cutting off upper loft access.

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HOW TO: Make chewy sweet & salty banana bites

HOW TO: Make chewy sweet & salty banana bites

1. Gather the ingredients 2 under ripe bananas sprinkling of black pepper marine salt to taste enough sunflower oil to bake or fry the bananas without letting them stick 2. Cut the…

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My Mood Memo from Plan Toys helps children understand and express their emotions

My Mood Memo from Plan Toys helps children understand and express their emotions

Learning how to describe feelings and emotions and identify the moods of others are important keys to help your little one make friends, build emotional health, and become…

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Infant SOS: An alert and cooling system designed to save the life of a baby left in a hot car

Infant SOS: An alert and cooling system designed to save the life of a baby left in a hot car

The news of a child dying after being accidentally left in a hot car is devastating, and sadly not uncommon: an average of 38 children die each year as a result, mostly during the…

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Rockin' Baby to launch kids clothing line with a mission to donate clothes to kids who have lost parents to Ebola

Rockin' Baby to launch kids clothing line with a mission to donate clothes to kids who have lost parents to Ebola

Rockin’ Baby slings are a favorite among moms (celebrity and civilian) around the world, and we especially love their one-for-one model: for every sling purchased, they donate…

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Female scientists spark #GirlsWithToys campaign to highlight STEM careers & combat gender stereotypes

Female scientists spark #GirlsWithToys campaign to highlight STEM careers & combat gender stereotypes

Within 24 hours, the hashtag had been tweeted nearly 9,000 times. The Twitterstorm spanned the globe, as women in science learned of the NPR interview gaffe. “Many scientists, I…

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EWG's 2015 sunscreen guide lists the safest and worst sunscreens

EWG's 2015 sunscreen guide lists the safest and worst sunscreens

Sunscreen Guide Methodology This year’s safer sunscreen guide includes a report with EWG findings about sunscreen products. You can also use the guide to browse safe sunscreen…

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ro.sham.bo. Baby makes stylish sunglasses for green families

ro.sham.bo. Baby makes stylish sunglasses for green families

The shades, which come in bright, 80s-style, eye-popping color frames as well as more classic hues, are humorously named: the hot pink frames are dubbed “Kelly Kapowsky,”…

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10 essential items you need to create a natural medicine cabinet & how to use them

10 essential items you need to create a natural medicine cabinet & how to use them

Aloe Fresh aloe vera gel is the perfect first responder for burns, small cuts, blisters, and insect bites. It’s instantly cooling and soothing, and helps reduce inflammation and ward…

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Set sail for a summer of fun with nautical alphabet blocks

Set sail for a summer of fun with nautical alphabet blocks

Uncle Goose‘s new set of nautical blocks are made from sustainable U.S. beechwood with child-friendly, non-toxic inks — and the kid in us is excited to get our hands on…

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California’s mandatory vaccination bill SB277 violates parental rights and freedom of choice

California’s mandatory vaccination bill SB277 violates parental rights and freedom of choice

We reported last month on a proposed bill in California that would make child vaccinations a requirement for attendance in public and private schools. Following the news that the…

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